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The Nerve To Quit

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John Yaws
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since 10-09-1999
Posts 865
Texas


0 posted 02-01-2000 06:53 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

I walked out of the office-
Heard the slamming door behind.
Iím so glad to have it over...
Something else thatís off my mind.

Sixteen years of drudgery-
Iím sick and tired of it....
I finally had a belly full
And found the nerve to quit.

No more punching time clocks
No more nine to five.
No more city traffic jams-
Nor taking turns to drive.

No more secretaries-
With their endless tales of woe..
I finally found the nerve to quit,
And now itís time to go.

Walk into the living room-
Something isnít right.
.Normally itís world War Three
Tonight itís mighty quiet.

Breakfast dishes in the sink-
The bed is still unmade...
I canít imagine what it means,
But now I feel afraid.

I find it on my bedside stand
One tiny folded note,
I take it in my trembling hand
And this all she wrote:

Iím tired of waiting up for you-
Iím tired of all the fights-
That you bring home from the office
Almost every night.

Iíve stood it now for twenty years-
Iím sick and tired of it...
A life of arguments and tears...
Iíve found the nerve to quit.


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Martie
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since 09-21-1999
Posts 28608
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1 posted 02-01-2000 07:47 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Wow, Gunslinger.  I like the way you've constructed this and the irony is just so sad.  Enjoyed the read!
Elizabeth Santos
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since 11-08-1999
Posts 9405
Pennsylvania


2 posted 02-01-2000 08:05 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Can't believe her timing.  You tell it so well. I always enjoy your tales
Liz
Denise
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3 posted 02-01-2000 11:24 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

They sure had their timing out of sync! Great read, Gunslinger!  
Denise
 
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